A Big Fruit on a Big Mission
Meet Jackfruit! It’s the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, with some weighing in at 100lbs or more. Our founder, Annie Ryu, is the visionary leader responsible for bringing this ancient commodity to the world market.
The Jackfruit Company story began in India, where Annie traveled in 2011 on a medical student mission. She saw her first Jackfruit at a local market. A closer inspection and taste piqued her curiosity about the fruit in the Indian diet. She learned that the majority of Jackfruit grown there went to waste, and despite its various uses the fruit wasn’t fulfilling its potential. Annie felt there had to be a way to use it to improve health, farmer’s livelihoods and our eco-footprint – so she did.
Annie is a social entrepreneur – a business developer with a conscience. She used her new knowledge about Jackfruit to develop it into a healthy main dish for vegans, vegetarians and anyone looking for nutritious meat replacements. It is soy, gluten, nut and cholesterol free. It is low calorie and rich in fiber, too. Because it is harvested before it ripens, there’s no sugar in the fruit. It adapts to spices and flavorings and looks like shredded meat, but it’s cruelty-free!
The Jackfruit Company, in partnership with Global Village Fruit, is now the largest supplier of Jackfruit products in the world. The jackfruit tree makes it easy to sustainably source. It is wholly adapted to its environment and doesn’t need to be replanted each year, inspiring farmers to plant even more trees as a future investment in their supply chain. Over 300 farms currently supply the fruit we use to create our delicious, meat-less meals. We continue to connect with families all over India to strengthen our farm to factory supply chain, growing by the hundreds to provide income and opportunity for thousands of farming families.